Vol. 110, No. 1
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RAVENSLEA" Home of British
THE front cover for this issue is that of "Ravenslea"
— the home of British Mission Headquarters, the
South London Branch, the British Mission
Genealogical Society, and the Millennial Star, located
on the corner of Nightingale Lane and Ravenslea Road,
in Balham, London. This photograph was taken by
Elder Melvin M. Owens, Secretary of the British Mission.
"Ravenslea" was purchased by the Church in 1935. It
was built just before the turn of the century and was
formerly the residence of a London architect.
In 1939, "Ravenslea" became Headquarters for the
British Mission. Throughout the war years, it was a
"veritable fortress of faith in a wilderness of war."
Bombs dropped all around "Ravenslea." Rows of houses
were destroyed no less than 150 yards away. One buzz
bomb exploded just a half a block from "Ravenslea,"
bursting its windows and shaking its foundation.
With the war over, peace has again returned to
"Ravenslea." Recently, painters, decorators, and repair-
men have been busily engaged in remodelling the build-
ing inside and out. The chapel has been redecorated
and new lighting installed; the halls and rooms, as well
as the outside of the building, have been re-painted;
and the front grounds have been beautified.
Numerous visitors and investigators attend their first
Latter-day Saint services in "Ravenslea." In its new
dress, "Ravenslea" proudly stands as the Headquarters
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in
Great Britain, and beckons to the world to enter its
portals and examine the teachings and doctrines of the
* THE LATTER-DAY SAINTS* *
108th Year JANUARY 1948 Vol. 110 No. 1
EDITOR Associate Editor
Selvoy J. Boyer William R. Callister
On Sharing the Gospel — Vivian Meik - - 2
New Property Dedicated _____ 4
"Search the Scriptures" — Alma Sonne 5
The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
— James L. Barker 6
London Association Visits
Mission Headquarters 8
Message from the Mission Presidency - - 9
Missionary Activity Through Basketball - - 10
Schedule of District Conferences
(Spring Series) 12
Welsh District Advancing ----- 13
The Church and the Press in Britain - - 14
1947 — A Year of Progress
—William R. Callister 16
World Church News ------ is
The Church in Europe - - - - - - 19
British Mission -------- 20
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ON SHARING THE GOSPEL
"THE MILLS OF GOD GRIND
BUT THEY GRIND EXCEEDING
TODAY those immortal lines arc
coming back to me with deep
A year ago I would have thought it
impossible that such a contrast as I
have experienced since then was with-
in the bounds of reason or logic.
Last year my life and being belonged
to a world of the black despair be-
queathed to the survivors of a decade
of continental insanity — a desert of
despond in which there seemed to be
no oasis. Yes, it was a black Christ-
And then, when life seemed at its
spiritual blackest, a ray of light shone
on the oasis which was there all the
time. Some of you may remember the
record I put down on these pages . . .
I am thinking of those days as I
write — then I was on the outside look-
ing in. Today I am on the inside look-
Here I am, on the eve of a Christ-
mastide already charged with a sense
of peace and happiness — and security
—greater than I, and millions like me,
had deemed possible after the horrors
of those war scarred years.
Here I am, I repeat, in this oasis of
peace, a gentler, kinder, deeper, warmer
peace than any since my boyhood.
Just because I found this oasis —
from the outside looking in — the oasis
made possible only by the sublime faith
and unquenchable spirit of honest
work of our Pioneer fathers . . .
I can speak, as it were, from two
platforms at the same time. I can tell
you what our Faith, our Cause, looks
like from the almost illimitable black
shadows beyond the pale. I can tell
you of the highlights they can see
from the distances — but I can tell you
by Vivian Meik
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Author, Vivian
Meik, is a former Diplomatic Corres-
pondent for "The People," and a
former member of the South London
Branch. At present Vivian .Meik
writes a front page column for
the "Deseret News." He extends
"Season's Greetings" to the British
also that they have not failed to note
the dark patches in the oasis itself.
From here I can tell you of what
they cry for so desperately in their
black, aching void. I can tell you how
the inner significance of our great cen-
tennial has not passed unnoticed — far
from it — how the fact has been re-
marked that today, after a century of
cruel persecution and misrepresenta-
tion, our Faith stands four square to
the four quarters of the compass. It is
stronger than it has ever been.
Out there beyond the oasis, they
would give years of their lives for just
such faith, such strength, such pro-
gress — material linked with spiritual —
such confidence in the future.
Don't tell me the answer is the easy
reply, "Why don't they come in? It's
open to all . . . "
That reply is too slick, too offhand.
The reality is that they CAN'T come
in unless WE open the gate, marked
(in the symbolism of the Pilgrim's
Above all people in the world, we
of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, should know the
difficulty of passing through the
It is not enough to say we send our
missionaries — there is quite another
side to the question.
To appreciate it we must keep in
balance — keep in balance all the time
— the two points of view. From the
outside looking in and from the inside
We are inside, as we honestly be-
lieve. Our oasis, we believe, we KNOW
id Zion. But Zion is only what it is
today not only because of our faith,
but because of our work. The outside
world freely admit that. Of late years
they admit, too, that they admit it with
respect, even admiration. But what of
the future years?
They can't UNDERSTAND our faith
because it is not adequately explained
to them. They in their shadows speak
a different spiritual language to us in
our oasis — and before we can get them
to realise what we mean or are, we
must, as it were, learn their language
and then superimpose ours . . .
It is or is it not our sacred duty to
do this? That is the question from
the inside looking out. How can we
do our duty?
In the last century we have been
busily engaged in building up Zion and
consolidating our position.
Now we must expand according to
the duty to our Faith which has been
imposed on us. We must give those
who look on the light of the true
Gospel the opportunity of absorbing
that light. They must never call it a
The fact that we have 5,000 mission-
aries out beyond the oasis is not nearly
enough. There are more than two
billion — yes, two billion people — whom
they cannot reach.
As matters stand we cannot reach
them either in one lifetime or two or
But we can do our duty in sending
that light as far as possible. We would
be guilty of a grave sin against our
concepts if we shirked this duty.
There is one way — one way only — to
do this effectively.
We must radiate the Gospel that
God has blessed us with by our ex-
ample, just as our father's example has
brought the world to our door*
They banded together as one faith,
one way of life, one Church. But, in
the final analysis, the strongest band
is a combination of individuals.
Today, individual action is no less
important than in the last century. It
may well take another century to have
the million strong band that now makes
up the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints work as a single
entity to spread the true Gospel.
It can, of course, be done long before
this if each one of us does his or her
part. That is the simple logic of
Look at it this way. Suppose that
every one of us had the courage-
developed the courage, if you prefer-
to face ourselves in the secrecy of our
Let us be brutally honest with our-
selves. Let us cut out all the trim-
mings, all the excuses, and honestly
ask ourselves just one question:
"Why am I not LIVING my faith
as I know I should and could?"
— continued on page 32
NEW PROPERTY DEDICATED
DEDICATORY SERVICES for
Church property recently pur-
chased at Denton, near Man-
chester, were held on December 7th,
1947. The new property will serve as
the District Headquarters for the Man-
chester District and as a chapel for the
Denton Branch. This is the nineteenth
chapel that the Church owns and has
dedicated in Great Britain.
President Alma Sonne of the Euro-
pean Mission presided and Manchester
District President George W. Bruerton
conducted the dedicatory services.
There were sixty-five in attendance,
including several members from Hyde,
Stockport, and visitors.
Speakers were President Sonne,
Presidents Selvoy J. Boyer, Wallace R.
Reid and George F. Poole of the British
Mission Presidency, President Bruerton
and Elder Wallace G. Bennett.
A summary of President Sonne's
dedicatory prayer follows:
"We thank Thee for Thy Church.
We thank Thee for the mighty work
done by Joseph Smith and his succes-
sors in the presidency of Thy Church.
We thank Thee for Thy goodness to
the Latter-day Saints. We sustain
before Thee the First Presidency, even
President George Albert Smith, Presi-
dent J. Reuben Clark, and President
David O. McKay. We ask Thee to
bless them above all men. We sustain
the general authorities of those who
preside in the stakes, wards, missions,
and quorums of Thy Church. Prosper
the cause of truth in the earth. Bless
the missionaries who are spreading
Thy gospel. Bless President Boyer, the
President of the British Mission, bless
his associates, and bless his compan-
ion. Bless President Bruerton, the
president of this, the Manchester Dis-
trict in the British Mission. Remember
them that they may lack in no
"We present before Thee this build-
ing as a monument to the faith of the
Latter-day Saints. We pray that it
may be a refuge of strength against
the storms which may rage.
"Thy servant, who has been sent here
by the First Presidency of the Church
dedicates this building unto Thee —
every part and portion of it from the
roof to the basement, furniture, fix-
tures, drapes, and the ground on which
it stands. Preserve and protect it
against the destructive forces. Inspire
Thy people to continue the beautifica-
tion programme which they have
undertaken. Accept our devotion,
thanks, and prayers."
In his sermon, President Sonne em-
phasised that the Church is growing
in Europe and in the earth. He told
of the recent conference he attended
in Berlin at which 2,000 were present.
He bore testimony that Joseph Smith
was a prophet of God and discussed
some of the Prophets' contributions to
The chapel has been beautifully
decorated, largely by Samuel Mills.
It is now being used by the Denton
Branch, which was opened in mid-
BRITISH MISSION PHOTOS REQUESTED
BEGINNING with this issue, the front cover of the Millennial Star will contain
views of Mission chapels and halls, spots of British Mission historical
interest, and missionary activities. All readers of the Star are urged to
submit to the Star Offices any photos that are believed to be suitable for this
purpose. Acknowledgement will be given for all pictures used. Negatives of
photos are not necessary if prints are clear.
"SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES"
THE BIBLE should be read. It con-
tains most precious truths which
are vital to man's development.
Its religious significance is recognised
in all Christian countries. The Holy
Bible is a powerful testimony of the
existence of God and the divine mission
of Jesus Christ. It has been a source
of comfort and strength to thousands
in times of sorrow and disappoints
ment. Its pages are filled with quot-
able passages concerning the conduct
of man and his spiritual and moral
well-being. It sparkles with apt and
striking comments on human behaviour
and on man's relationships with man
in his daily life.
The influence of the Bible reaches
into the laws and governments of
nations and into the art, literature and
folklore of races and communities. No
book is so widely read. There is a
peculiar sanctity and force about its
words. In it are the messages of mighty
prophets who "spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost." (II Peter
1:21) There, too, are the words of
Jesus spoken as He walked and talked
among men, His masterful Sermon on
the Mount and His admonitions to
neighbours and friends.
History proves that the Holy Bible
has irrevocably altered the lives of men
and nations. It has touched deeply the
very heart of humanity. Public men
who have attained eminence have been
equipped with a knowledge of this
sacred volume. It is a converter of
souls to a better life, to a belief in God
and to a wholesome respect for His
laws and commandments.
It was the Bible that led the Prophet
Joseph Smith into the presence of the
Father and the Son and opened the
door to a new gospel dispensation.
Thousands of people have been brought
into the Church because of their
familiarity with Bible teachings.
Biblical research and intensive study
of the sacred writings have contributed
much to the intelligent and sane use of
By Alma Sonne
European Mission President and
Assistant to the Council of the
the Bible. Scholarship and honsL in-
vestigation will eventually remove all
doubt respecting its divine authenticity
and its trustworthiness and reliability
as a guide to human progress.
It is natural for most men to turn
to the past for proved wisdom. The
Bible contains the wisdom of the ages
and the demonstrations of God's power
to uplift the human family. From its
pages come a transcendent comfort
and a deeper sense of life's purposes.
Joseph Smith, the Prophet, excelled
as a student of the scriptures and
sought to eliminate the confusion and
difficulty arising from diverse interpre-
tations. He contended that the Bible
must be studied and analysed. The
Book of Mormon, brought forth by
him, confirms and validates its pro-
phetic teachings as the word of God.
Brigham Young, the pioneer prophet
and leader, urged the Latter-day Saints
to read the scriptures as though they
— continued on page 32
THE RESTORATION OF THE
GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
EDITORS NOTE: This is the second
in a series of six articles by President
James L. Barker of the French
Mission. Professor Barker is the
author of "Protestors of Christen-
dom," a recent publication telling of
the apostacy of the early Christian
"TF ye are not one, ye are not mine,"
' said Jesus — one in acceptance of
and obedience to divine truth,
one in brotherhood and love.
The truth, the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, has been given to the world
more than once. It was given to the
first man. Each time it was given it
was lost through disobedience. Jesus
brought the Gospel again that man,
through acceptance and obedience,
might have another chance for happi-
ness and peace.
Before and after the time of Jesus,
the Pharisees and the Saducees were
divided even on such important doc-
trine as the resurrection. The Phari-
sees believed in the resurrection, the
Saducees did not.
Why did they not unite? The only
way they could unite was for one of
them to accept the belief of the other.
Would they unite in truth or in
error? If they could have founded
their teachings on the revelation of
God, they could have united in truth.
But they had had no prophets for a
long time, and they did not accept
At the beginning of the nineteenth
century, religious beliefs were again
the result of a long evolution of human
reasoning and discussion; no doctrine
of the primitive church had escaped
change and all of the changes had
taken place since revelation to the
church and the world had ceased.
By James L. Barker
President of the
How could all men and all churches
Force had been tried and, at times,
had achieved a certain outward unity.
However, it was as likely to unite men
in error as in truth. Moreover, the use
of force to compel the consciences of
men is not of God, and was first used
after revelation ceased.
But during the first quarter of the
nineteenth century, could not men of
good will unite on what the Saviour
had taught? No. Except in a frag-
mentary and general way, no one knew
what He had taught. Even today, few
historians of the same church, relying
only on the known facts of the history
of early Christianity, agree completely
on important facts of organisation,
government and doctrine of the early
How then can men and the churches
be united? Men of good will can be
united if they can learn the command-
ments and will of God and are willing
to accept and obey them. But a knowl-
edge of these once lost, can be obtained
again in one way only — in the way the
commandments and teachings were
first received — by revelation from God.
What is it that gives us joy in read-
ing the scriptures? Is it not the
solicitude of God the Father for His
children. His nearness to them. His
watchcare over them. His guidance of
them by heavenly messengers and by
the Holy Ghost 1 God directed Abra-
ham, He came to Moses on the Mount,
He sent the Angel Gabriel to the
mother of John and to the mother of
Jesus: Jesus appeared unto Paul on the
way to Damascus and afterwards.
While living He chose and guided His
servants. Without the story of these
things there would be no scripture.
At the beginning of the nineteenth
century, revelation had ceased; there
was little religious tolerance in the
world. Yet interpretations of scripture
were ever more and more divergent,
and sects were multiplying. Incon-
sistencies and contradictions were
many and the world was in a chaotic
In this time of need, of disputation,
uncertainty, would our Heavenly
Father again reveal His truth, His
gospel — the good news — His plan for
In 1820, a boy, untrained in the
philosophies and theologies of men,
desiring to do the will of God, and
feeling that he himself could not know
which church was right, read in James,
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him
ask of God who giveth to all men
liberally and upbraideth not, and it
shall be given him." (James 1: 5)
In simple faith the boy, Joseph
Smith, went into the quiet of the
woods and prayed. (Ref.: Joseph
Smith's Own Story)
In answer to his prayer, two glorified
personages appeared to him, and one,
speaking of the other, said, "This is
my beloved Son. Hear Him."
For the first time since the loss of
the testimony of the Holy Ghost there
was a witness who could testify — God
lives; He is a personal being; Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God.
The Saviour told Joseph to join none
of the churches, that none were ac-
ceptable to God, "They teach for doc-
trines the commandments of men."
After this first vision followed a
period of waiting — of testing. Would
the boy, only fourteen years of age,
subjected to ridicule and persecution,
James L. Barker
be strong enough and courageous
enough to stand by this testimony?
There were eight years of testing of
the boy prophet, of instructions by
heavenly messengers, revelation of
doctrine, and the restoration of the
priesthood — the authority to act in the
name of the Lord. Then followed the
organisation of the church, bitter per-
secution, and finally the sealing of his
testimony with his blood.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ in its
purity was restored — restored by the
Father and the Son and divine mes-
sengers sent by Them. It has been
said that this is laying claim to a great
deal. It is. But anything else would
not have been sufficient. Once lost,
divine truth and authority could be
restored only as they were originally
given — by revelation from God.
In the scriptures, heavenly appear-
ances are for the accomplishment of
divine purposes, sufficiently important
to justify the sending of messengers.
Was the restoration of the priesthood
and of the government of the church,
together with the doctrines restored, of
sufficient importance to account for
the sending of heavenly messengers
again to the earth?
—continued on page 29
London Association Visits— •
THE RESTORED GOSPEL, in its
nearly 120 years of existence, has
been preached under many vary-
ing circumstances and situations. Just
recently a rather unusual opportunity
was presented the missionaries of the
One afternoon a gentleman tele-
phoned the Mission Headquarters at
149 Nightingale Lane, in London, and
stated that he was a representative of
a group of people known as^the London
Appreciation Society and would like to
know if arrangements could be made
whereby his association could visit the
Headquarters and learn something
concerning the Mormon people.
He went on to explain that his
society made weekly Saturday after-
noon excursions to various points of
interest in and about London. Included
on the weekly tours were St. Pauls
Cathedral, Bruce Castle Museum,
College of Physical Education, and
trips to near-by towns and villages.
He said that his group was composed
of Londoners of both sexes and mixed
ages who were interested in seeing and
learning all about Greater London. He
said that they were desirous to learn
something about the Mormons in
Arrangements were made, and at
the appointed time, members of the
London Appreciation Society gathered
at a designated corner adjacent to
Mission Headquarters. Then the
group, consisting of from thirty-five to
forty persons, proceeded in a body to
149 Nightingale Lane, where they were
met by London District President
Richard W. Clayton. President Clay-
ton welcomed the group and explained
that he would act as guide on the tour
of the Mission Headquarters.
First of all the group was taken to
the South London Branch Chapel.
Here, Elder James L. Mortensen in-
structed them on the nature of the
Sunday services and the significance of
the sacrament. The group was then
led to the front office, where Elder
Melvin M. Owens, Mission Secretary,
explained the physical organisation of
the Mission, districts and branches,
and told of his particular duties as
Next, they were led to the office of
the British Mission President, Selvoy
J. Boyer. Here, Sister Agnes Beecher,
Correspondence Secretary, briefly ex-
plained the missionary system and told
of the manner in which missionaries
received their calls and assignments.
The Mission Bookstore was next on
the tour. Here, Sister Edith Mullinger
showed to the group the various lesson
manuals used in auxiliary work and
the Church reference books that are
on sale there. Sister Blanche J.
Houchen then explained the Welfare
Programme of the Church and exhibi-
ted some of the goods to be distributed
within the Mission.
The London Appreciation Society
was then taken upstairs to the office
of the Millennial Star, where Elder
William R. Callister, Associate Editor,
briefly told of the history of that
periodical and presented each member
of the group with a recent issue of the
Star. The European Mission Library,
located in the Millennial Star office,
was also explained.
The group was then led across the
hall to the offices of the Genealogical
Department of the British Mission.
Here, James R. Cunningham, Chair-
man of the Genealogical Board of the
Mission, explained the function of that
department and of the nature of the
vicarious work done in the temples.
The Recreation Hall was next on the
tour. Here, Elder Bruce E. Peterson
told of the M.I.A. programme of the
—continued on page 32
MESSAGE from the MISSION PRESIDENCY
" PURELY the Lord God will do
•^ nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the
prophets." (Amos 3: 7)
We are a people who believe in con-
tinuing revelation and inspired direc-
tion from God unto His people through
His servants the Prophets.
When the inspiration came for the
organising of the Mutual Improvement
Associations it was real, and destined
to bring forth a glorious fruit to the
The years have come and gone and
with them a steady and definite pro-
gress among us toward a fuller under-
standing of our relations with our
fellow beings. The refining influence
of love, mutual helpfulness and appre-
ciation of achievement have become a
part of our every-day lives. They have
contributed much toward the develop-
ment of our individual and collective
talents and abilities.
Real Latter-day Saints are known for
•their vitality and resourcefulness. In
no activity has this been more marked
than in the cultural and recreational
What parent, worthy the name, will
not hasten to grasp the opportunity to
have his child benefit from the splendid
character-building programme of the
M.I. A? What parent will not afford
his child every encouragement to attend
and participate in the glorious fields of
Bee-hive, Scouting, Junior Girls, Senior
Scouts, Gleaners, and M Men? What
Latter-day Saint will permit himself to
be left out of the Special Interest.
Your Mission Presidency encourages
you to partake of the full, bounteous
fruits of the Gospel. Enrich your life
and those of your loved ones by making
the M.I.A. a vital, continuous influence
for good every week, all the year
through. We wish every Latter-day
Saint a Happy New Year, secure in the
knowledge that those who do lend their
strength and talents to the things in-
spired from Gcd will indeed enjoy
happiness and contentment.
The theme for this year carries a
condition and a glorious promise which
we should each keep before us: "If you
keep my commandments and endure to
the end, you shall have eternal life."
(Doc. and Cov. 14: 7)
Missionary Activity •
• Through Basketball
IT is not an uncommon experience
for a missionary to Inquire of a
Saint as to how he or she first came
in contact with the Church and receive
the reply, "My introduction to the
Restored Church was through the old
Catford Saints' and Rochdale Greys'
basketball teams." Yes, in years just
prior to the recent war, many sports-
minded people throughout Britain were
acquainted with the members of the
Latter-day Saint basketball teams, and
respected their clean living, sportsman-
ship and their way of life.
Once again, the missionaries of the
British Mission are playing basketball.
The programme is on a reduced scale
in comparison with pre-war basketball
activities. There is no one team r« pr< -
scnting the Mission; but rather, there
are four or five teams composed of the
missionaries labouring within those
particular districts. Then, so that the
regular missionary activities will not be
interferred with, games or practices
have generally been limited to one a
week. Nevertheless, the teams are
well-known in sports circles and many
contacts are being made through this
The London District basketball team
has been particularly successful.
Several interesting exhibition and
demonstration matches have been
London District Basketball Team
Front Row, left to right: Archie J. Haskins, Bruce E. Peterson,
Roydon N. Rice, James L. Mortensen. Back Row, left to right:
L. Ralph Mecham, Wm. Richard Waite, George T. Choules, and
George P. Marchant
arranged, as well as the regular league
games. On one occasion last autumn,
the London Latter-day Saint team
played the United States Navy basket-
ball team before a crowd of 700 officers
and cadets at the Army School of
Physical Training at Aldershot. An
announcement was made previous to ,
the game in which the missionaries
were introduced and their purpose in
England explained. Another game saw
the London missionaries matched
against the R.A.F. team at the Halton
R.A.F. station before a capacity crowd
of 1,200. Still another exhibition gams
was arranged at the Chelsea Barracks
before fifty directors of London Boys'
Locker room conversations and
literature distributed have attracted
players from opposing teams and
basketball officials and fans to branch
meetings as well as to the London Dis-
trict Conference. Also through basket-
ball contacts, cottage meetings have
been arranged. Four illustrated lec-
tures were recently presented at the
Eastbury Schools in Barking by the
missionaries concerning Mormonism
and Utah. These arrangements were
also made possible by basketball games.
Hosts of friendships have been created
in the London District through basket-
The Newcastle District team has also
met with success in basketball activi-
ties. In an exhibition game at Murton
Colliery, the Newcastle Elders played
with the North Shields Y.M.C.A. team
before a crowd of approximately 10,000
people. Tournaments have been held
in Gateshead and North Shields to
which the missionaries were invited to
enter a team. Elders George Sonntag
and Douglas Loosle assisted in a basket-
ball exhibition in Darlington before a
large number of Public Education
In a letter to the Millennial Star
from Newcastle District, President
Kenneth M. Oswald writes, "The
contacts that have been made through
basketball cannot be enumerated, but
I will point out two specific cases. On
Birmingham District Basketball Team
at half time
From left to right: Myron Wm,
Mclntyre, Richard W. Hendricks,
Melvin A. White, Lamar T. Empey,
David Wm. Meyer
November 10th, Elders Capel and
Curtis were invited to give the closing
services of the day in the North Shields
Y.M.C.A. Of course, this gave them
the opportunity of presenting some of
our beliefs. I personally feel that our
influence in that organisation is having
quite an effect on the people there.
When we walk into the building, every-
one seems to want to talk to us, and
we are made to feel very much at home.
The friendships that have been won
cannot be counted. Five young fellows
have recently attended the Gateshead
Branch several times. This has been
a result of contacts made through
basketball in the Gateshead Y.M.C.A.
. . . Openings for film shows and other
meetings have been made through
The Birmingham Elders have played
several of the outstanding teams in
Birmingham, including the Dolobran
Athletic Club, who has just won the
right to represent Southern England in
the Olympic tri.Tls, and the Birming-
ham University. The Birmingham
missionar'e^ ar> making the nvst of
the oppor unties which are prese" ed
to them and bave distributed literature
and lent B" r k~ cf Mormon M y
contact^ have been mad? with " 1 y-
ers affilat^d wth th~ Binrn ^m
Missionaries of the Nottingham Dis-
trict, through their coaching and play-
ing, have also made numerous friends.
Cottage meetings have been held as a
result of these contacts. Much litera-
ture and several Books of Mormon
have been distributed through basket-
Although the Glasgow Latter-day "
Saint basketball team has been or-
ganised just a short time, several con-
tacts have been made. In their one
game this season, the Scottish Elders
played against the University of
Basketball activity in the Sheffield
District has been very limited, but
some friendships have been made
through coaching activities.
Scores of the games played in the
various Districts to date are as follows:
London. — L.D.S. 27, U.S. Navy 12;
L.D.S. 24. Dartford 20; L.D.S. 42, Halton
R.A.F. 18; L.D.S. 39, London Central
Y.M.C.A. 34; L.D.S. 52, U.S. Navy 15;
L.D.S. 48, Polish Students 27; L.D.S.
58, U.S. Navy 25; L.D.S. 61, Latvians
22; L.D.S. 43, Oxford University 12;
L.D.S. 47, London Polytechnic 17;
L.D.S. 74, London Central Y.M.C.A. 24.
Newcastle. — L.D.S. 46, Sunderland
Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 17, North Shields
Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 27, Gateshead
Y.M.C.A. 11; L.D.S. 19, Sunderland
Y.M.C.A. 3; L.D.S. 18, North Shields
Y.M.C.A. 8; L.D.S. 23, Gateshead
Birmingham. — L.D.S. 50. Old Norton-
ians 27; L.D.S. 39, Stretchford 7
L.D.S. 45, Birmingham University 30
L.D.S. 49, Birmingham Y.M.C.A. 14
Newcastle District Basketball Team
Front Row from left to right: Douglas
W. Loosle. George T. Sonntag,
Kenneth M. Oswald. Back Row from
left to right: Bruce R. Curtis, John H.
Gray, and Neal C. Capel
L.D.S. 64, Birmingham Athletic Insti-
tute 10; L.D.S. 37, Dolobran Athletic
Nottingham. — L.D.S. 27, Nottingham
Y.M.C.A. 24; L.D.S. 20, Nottingham
Y.M.C.A. 12; L.D.S. 28, Nottingham
Scottish.— L.D.S. 48, University of
And so we see that basketball is play-
ing a great part in bringing the Gospel
before many people. The good sports-
manship and abundant energy of team
members is leaving an impression for
good wherever they play. Although
the winter basketball season is yet
young, and the elders' basketball time
is limited, great interest has been
aroused in the Latter-day Saint teams
and a most encouraging future awaits
SCHEDULE OF DISTRICT CONFERENCES-Spring Session
March 21st -
March 28th -
May 2nd ■
Welsh District Advancing
This is the thirteenth in a series of
of articles concerning the various
Districts of the British Mission.
Lorry E. Rytting writes the following
report concerning the Welsh District:
AT a time when the spiritual and
religious life of the Welsh
people is at an alarmingly low
ebb, the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints is regaining its foot-
hold in several areas of Wales, and the
Gospel of Jesus Christ is once more
being carried to them.
Wales, which has long been a centre
of intense religious activity, and the
home of a deeply religious people, is
finding its churches in a somewhat
dormant state, as far as any effect on
the daily lives of the people is con-
cerned. This condition is found to
exist in the established, as well as the
non-conformist groups. The support
and activity of the present few stal-
wart members compares rather sorrow-
fully with recent years when the
Church was the centre of communal
activity, and the very basis of personal
standards and ideals.
The Saints and missionaries find the
greatest barrier to the preaching of
the Gospel to be not intolerance, as
has sometimes been the case, but a
cold, bland indifference to religious
systems of any kind. Yet, in the face
of such conditions, there exists in the
hearts of these people a yearning for
the truth, a longing for a tangible faith
in "the immortality and eternal life of
man." This mission the Restored
Church is here to perform.
The open-air meetings have attracted
crowds of young people who have no
basic Christian sentiments or knowl-
edge, and therefore feel a lack of the
moral and spiritual principles which
are so desperately needed in the world
Under these conditions the Welsh
District is renewing its efforts in "seek-
ing the Kingdom of God and his
righteousness." The keynote for the
past ten months has been "fully and
efficiently organised auxiliaries." Under
the able direction of President George
Q. Bennett and Sister Elva A. Bennett,
the missionaries, local priesthood, and
members have laid a foundation on the
cornerstones of faith, hope, love, and a
desire for good from which the light of
the Restored Gospel is shining forth,
and the Church programme has taken
on much life.
The September conference was an
indication of the fruits of this theme.
The meetings were well attended by
members and friends. A wonderful
spirit of love and friendship prevailed,
and the words of counsel given by the
speakers will long be a source of in-
spiration to those in attendance.
Three of the four branches in Wales
are organised and progressing rapidly.
The branches are located at Cardiff,
Varteg, Merthyr Tydfil, and Pontllan-
fraith. All but one are under the
supervision of local priesthood. The
auxiliary organisations are building up
well, and the future looks promising.
The Relief Society has made the great-
est strides of advancement, with the
M.I.A. and Primary also forging ahead.
Goodwill and support from the
leaders of various cities are proving a
boon to the missionary work in Wales,
which is progressing regularly. The
missionaries have met with fine recep-
tions in the homes, and the Gospel is
being preached in homes, on the street,
and through various clubs and organi-
sations. Cottage meetings are on the
increase, and the Church is winning
friends quickly. Through close follow-
up work and well organised branches,
much success should come from the
labours in Wales.
And so, at the beginning of the New
Year, the opening of North Wales to
missionary work is an indication of the
programme of advancement and expan-
sion now in effect. The future looks
bright, and the possibilities are un«
limited, so keep your eyes on the Welsh
THE CHURCH AND THE PRESS
THE following are excerpts from
recent publications in Great
Britain pertinent to the Church:
Sunday Express (London)
"SALT LAKE CITY HAS ITS 100TH
EIRTHDAY— BORN OUT OF ONE OF
THE GREAT DRAMAS OF HISTORY."
By George Edinger
FOUR thousand feet above the sea,
rimm?d by mountains three times
that height, laid out in ten-acre blocks
of granite houses sparkling in the
crisp air, and parted by streets 132 feet
wide, Salt Lake City last week celebra-
ted the hundredth year of its existence.
It is the largest city between the
Rocky Mountains and the Pacific; the
cleanest, the clearest town in the
With its population of 180.000; its
university of 2,600 students and its 132
churches, this capital of the State of
Utah has become a junction of three
railways, four airlines and four main
But the monument which makes it
unlike any other city is the temple,
Which, lik? the mosques of North
Africa, is barred to all but the faithful.
It is of grey granite. Th? walls are
six feet thick. The tallest of its six
spins rises 220 feet high, crowned by a
copper statue of the Angel Moroni.
The temple took just forty years
(1853-93) to build, and it ifl the mother
church of a million men and women
scattered throughout the world, nine-
tenths of them congregated in Utah.
There are no startling differences
between the Mormons and other
Christian communities now.
The most sensational Mormon tenet,
polygamy, remained part of the faith
for only forty years (roughly the years
that covered the building of the
temple). It was never practised by
more than three Mormons in 100.
BEGAN IN 1827 '
The astonishing feature of the Mor-
mon faith is not its doctrine, but its
history. There is no history like it in
In 1827. Britain, triumphantly past
the ordeal of Napoleon's wars, was, in
the seventh year of the fourth King
George, settling confidently to a new
But in 1827 the United States,
hemmed between the Atlantic and the
Indian hunting grounds, was a land
where men dreamed • dreams and saw
One such visionary — there were
many — was a twenty-two year old, tall,
wavy-headed ploughboy in New York
His name was Joseph Smith, and to
Joseph Smith the Angel Moroni, whose
statue cnowns the Utah Temple, re-
vealed, in 1827, the sacred books of an
ancient race that had, he said, peopled
America when the Tower of Babel was
built . . .
But the people of his State were
first amused, then incredulous, then
outraged. New York State became too
hot to hold him.
He moved over to what was then the
western borderland of Ohio, where he
founded the Church of Latter-day
Saints at Far West (now Kerr), in
Jackson Country, in 1837.
Life was not easy. Armed bands
tried to stop Mormons voting at elec-
tions. There was bloodshed on both
sides — the Government interferred.
Far West was occupied by the State
Militia and the leaders of Mormonism
They contrived to escape, and their
congregations were still swelling. But
life in Ohio was intolerable for them
In the middle of the Winter of 1838,
15,000 Mormons trekked over to Illinois,
where they founded the city of Nauvoo.
At first they were tolerated, even
welcomed by rival politicians contend-
ing for the Mormon vote . . .
But in his city of Nauvoo, Smith was
absolute. He could not be dislodged
short of civil war.
Thomas Ford, Governor of Illinois,
tried to mediate. He summoned
Joseph, his brother Hyrum, and two
other leaders to the State capital at
Carthage, to answer the charges made
against them, pledging his honour that
they should be unharmed.
There they waited in the June of
1844 in jail till they should be heard.
On the night of the 27th, a mob of
200, with blackened faces, stormed the
prison. Joseph was shot trying to
climb through a window. Hyrum also
So the prophet was slain. But a new
prophet arose; a second Moses to lead
his people to the promised land.
His name was Brigham Young. He
was a big, broad-shouldered carpenter
from Vermont. His followers called
him "The Lion of the Lord."
Twenty thousand men, women and
children crossed over the ice-strewn
Mississippi. It was their Red Sea . . .
They dragged their 1,800 over-loaded
wagons across snow-covered, rain-
soaked Iowa, leaving little settlements
as they went, sowing corn for those to
In June, 1846 the vanguard passed
over the Mississippi, the boundary of
the United States, and into the un-
known lands of the Red Indians, where
the elk and the buffalo roamed over
many rh.Ies that no white man had
Brigham Young went ahead with 143
men, three women and two children.
Advance parties followed to build
forts and man them, to plant crops
along the trail, to ring the grazing
ground with wagons.
At night they sang hymns to Captain
Pitt's brass band, converted en masse
In their covered wagons, drawn by
mules and oxen, they carried teeds,
implements, a year's supply of food, a
precious hoard of gunpowder and nut-
meg to trade with the Red Man.
They journeyed over a thousand
miles, often hungry, always tired, leav-
ing their martyrs as they went, martyrs
to weariness and weather and the
And they got through.
They got through because they
trusted blindly in their prophet, Brig-
ham Young, in the Gospel graven on
the golden tablets, in the word of the
Lord directly made manifest to those
who guided them.
—continued on page 31
1 947- A YEAR OF PROGRESS
PERHAPS no other mission in the Church has a more colourful
and more soul-inspiring history than that of the British
Mission. In its 110 years of existence, the Mission has under-
gone periods of prosperity. There are cases on record of
preachers and their entire congregations being converted to
the teachings of the Restored Gospel. Then there have been
times when it appeared that because of bitter persecutions and of
the emigrations of many of the stalwarts of the British Mission,
that the very life blood of the Mission had been sapped; that its
continued existence was somewhat doubtful. Through it all, the
British Mission has carried on and has produced many outstanding
members of the Church.
As we begin the year, 1948, let us pause and look back over the
past year, 1947, and determine its significance in the annals of the
At the beginning of 1947, there were but forty-eight active
branches in the Mission. Several of these had just previously been
opened. The auxiliary programmes of several of the branches were
not in operation and others had been organised only a short time.
1947 marked the opening of fourteen new branches, making a total
of sixty-two branches in the British Mission. The number of
auxiliary organisations created during the year, 1947, is sixty-two.
1947 has witnessed a sharp growth in the Mission Sunday Schools.
An average of over 1,100 persons now attend British Mission Sunday
Schools each week. Successful Sunday School Conventions have
been held for all districts in the mission, resulting in continued
increasing activity. The Relief Society of the British Mission has
also made rapid progress during the past year. Several new
organisations have been created in 1947.
The M.I.A. and Primary organisations have also progressed greatly
during the past year. Successful conventions are now being held
throughout the districts. New organisations have been created in
both departments. The Scouting programme for boys has expanded
rapidly during 1947.
Missionary activity for the past year has been most successful.
Missionaries from all districts have reported good results in their
labours. Many valuable contacts have been made. The Gospel has
been preached to thousands of people during the past' year through
open-air meetings, tracting, cottage and investigator meetings, slide
lectures, and in many other ways. Two elders have presented a
combined motion-picture and lecture, nightly, to groups of college
students, businessmen, Toc-H and Y.M.C.A. organisations, and other
groups throughout Great Britain, with most encouraging results.
The number of baptisms for the year, 1947, recorded at the time
of this printing is 208. According to Mission statistics, this is the
highest number of persons baptised in a single year in the past
In spite of nearly 200 emigrations of members during the year,
attendance at all meetings throughout the Mission has increased
sharply. A large number of friends and investigators are in attend-
ance at the meetings as well as many previously inactive members.
Records of several branches show that the average attendance at
Sacrament Meetings has doubled over the average of the previous
Attendances at district conferences have also increased greatly.
Several conferences during the year have had more than 200 persons
in attendance and one conference had more than 300 persons
present. The Mission-wide conference held at Bradford was an
outstanding success and more than 1,150 persons were in attendance,
almost doubling the figure of those in attendance at the previous
During the year, 1947, the Church has purchased four new pieces
of property for use as chapels and district headquarters. These
purchases include properties at Barnsley, Manchester, Dewsbury,
and Belfast. These new chapels, along with several buildings which
have been remodelled and redecorated, have helped greatly in the
present campaign to secure more desirable meeting places for the
Saints of Britain.
The Mission, this year, has received some of the most favourable
publicity in its history. Several nationally read publications have
printed interesting and accurate articles concerning the Mormon
Church and its people. Local newspapers in some cities have pub-
lished accounts of the district conferences, and still others have
printed the activities of the missionaries in their vicinity.
And so from this summary, we see that 1947 has, indeed, been a
banner year. The Church in Britain is in a healthy condition. The
prospects for the future are exceedingly bright. There are still
many honest-in-heart in Great Britain who are in search of the
truth. May we as Saints and missionaries of the British Mission
avail ourselves of the opportunities which confront us and put forth
our best efforts in the work of the Lord here in Great Britain
throughout 1948. — William R. Callister
"FAMILY HOUR" ENCOURAGED
IN WARDS OF ZION. — The First
Presidency, the Council of the Twelve
and the Presiding Bishopric are en-
couraging "family hours" to to be held
in the homes of all Latter-day Saints
in all the wards of the Church. The
purpose of the "family hour" is to
"unify the family and enhance
ennobling family relationships; to
stimulate the teaching of the Gospel,
thereby strengthening testimonies of
individual members; and to strengthen
the moral and cultural influence in the
home, and give the children an oppor-
tunity for self-expression."
NORTHWESTERN STATES MIS-
SION PRESIDENT NAMED. — A new
mission president of the Northwestern
States Mission has just been appointed
by the First Presidency to succeed
President Samuel E. Bringhurst. The
new mission head is President Joel-
Richards, a former bishep of the
Twenty-seventh Ward and high
councilman of the Ensign and Emigra-
tion Stakes. President Richards served
as a missionary to Great Britain from
1910 to 1913, during which time he pre-
sided over the Liverpool Conference.
He will leave shortly for Portland,
Oregon, Northwestern States Mission
Headquarters. President Richards will
be accompanied by his wife, Sister
Georgina Felt Richards.
PRESIDENT SMITH'S PORTRAIT
COMPLETED.— A portrait of President
George Albert Smith, begun shortly
after he became president of the
Church, is now completed. The artist,
Lo" Greene Richards of Salt Lake City,
is one of the outstanding portrait
painters in the United States. The
portrait is the property <»f the Zion's
Savings Bank and Trust Company. It
will hang with the portraits of the
later Presidents, Heb. r J. Grant and
Joseph F. Smith.
NEW CHURCH LITERATURE. —
Another new book concerning the Res-
tored Gospel has just recently been re-
leased for sale. This new work is en-
titled, "The Gospel Plan," by Milton
Jenkins Jones. It is a pocket size
handbook of the Gospel and includes
a collection of scriptures in proper
relation to each other. Treated in
their order are such subjects as The
Gospel Plan, the Pre-Spirit World,
Spirit World, The Creation, Mortality.
Temporal Death, Paradise and Prison,
First Resurrection, the Millennium,
War, Second Resurrection and Final
Judgment, Second Death, Telestial
Kingdom, Terrestial Kingdom, Celes-
tial Kingdom, and Forever and Ever.
"INSTRUCTORS" BOUND BY
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD. — The
general board of the Deseret Sunday
School Union has offered to bind
without charge one volume of 1947 "In-
structors" and one volume of teacher's
supplements for any ward or branch
submitting a complete number of either
or both to the Library Department of
the Deseret Sunday School Union.
59 North Main Street, Salt Lake City.
1 Utah, U.S.A. "Instructors" should be
properly arranged with the January
issue on the top and December issue
on the bottom. Supplements should
begin with the first intermediate
supplement on top and the Gospel
Doctrine booklet on the bottom. Each
bound volume will contain an index
and the name of the organisation en-
graved on the cover. These must be
sent in before July 1st, 1948.
BERLIN CONFERENCE ATTRACTS
2,000. — A conference of the Berlin Dis-
trict of the East German Mission at-
tracted 2,000 people November 23rd.
Meetings were held in the "Deutsche
Staatsoper," which was built by Hitler.
Presidents Alma Sonne, Walter Stover,
and Jean Wunderlich, and German
and Russian officers were in attend-
ance. President Sonne reports: "A
choir of 120 voices, accompanied by a
fine orchestra, furnished the music.
The vast audience was held spellbound
by the rendition."
PRESIDENT SONNE VISITS GER-
MAN, SWISS, & FRENCH MISSIONS.
— While in Berlin, President Sonne
met with local missionaries of the East
German Mission. He also stopped at
Frankfort am Main, the headquarters
of the West German Mission, and
Karlsruhe, where a mid-afternoon
meeting was attended by 362 people.
Thanksgiving, an old American cus-
tom, was enjoyed at the Swiss Mission
home in Basel, with President and
Sister Scott Taggart. Following con-
ferences in Basel on Church Welfare
matters, President Sonne left with
Sister Sonne and Elder Bennett, who
had come from London, and President
Stover, for Geneva, the new head-
quarters of the French Mission. While
in Geneva, conferences were held with
officials of the Centre d'Entraide Inter-
Church in Europe
nationale, and with President and
Sister James L. Barker of the French
Mission. Meetings were attended in
Geneva, and in Lausanne. The French
mission now has the largest number of
missionaries in its history, 75, and
President Barker is optimistic about
current and future prospects.
MISSIONARIES NOW IN ANT-
WERP, BELGIUM. — Activities of the
Netherlands Mission have been carried
to Antwerp, Belgium. Four mission-
aries have recently been assigned there.
Others from the Netherlands Mission
will later be assigned to additional
areas in Flemish Belgium.
SUCCESSFUL.— Under the direction of
President Wallace F. Toronto of the
Czechoslovakian Mission, a conference
was held in Brno recently. President
Toronto presented a Book of Mormon
to the mayor of Brno, who assured
Church members of their welcome in
that city. The event was the first post-
war conference the Church has held in
Czechoslovakia. Jovial and industri-
ous, President Toronto also has more
missionaiies than his mission has had
before. He is doing an excellent job of
publicising the Church "in the heart
OSLO CONFERENCE FEATURES
CONCERT. — The Oslo Choir, one of
the finest in the Church, was featured
at the recent conference of the Oslo
District in the Norwegian Mission. On
the Saturday before the conference
sessions, the Choir presented a concert
at which several of Norway's outstand-
ing musicians performed. Conference
sessions attracted capacity crowds.
WELFARE SUPPLIES GO
THROUGHOUT EUROPE. — During
1947 the Church sent food and cloth-
ing to Germany, Austria, Belgium,
France, Holland, Poland, Syria,
Lebanon, and Finland. Clothing was
also sent to Britain and Norway. Each
ward, stake atfd mission in the United
States and the Canadian Mission con-
tributed to the programme.
ARRIVALS AND ASSIGNMENTS
The following missionaries arrived in
Great Britain on December 5th aboard
the "Queen Mary":
Elder NOBLE VOLNEY KING of
Gilbert, Arizona, was assigned to
labour in the Nottingham District.
Elder LESTER ROSS WHITTAKER
of Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned
to labour in the Birmingham District.
Elder JOHNATHAN BENNETT of
Holden, Utah, was assigned to labour
in the Birmingham District.
Elder VERNON COLE YOUNG of
Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned to
labour in the Scottish District.
Elder WILLIS ARIEL ROBINSON
of Salt Lake City, Utah, was assigned
to labour in the Scottish District.
Elder GEORGE THOMAS CHOULES
of Driggs, Idaho, was assigned to labour
in the London District.
The following missionaries arrived in
Great Britain on December 15th aboard
Elder VERNAL L. BOWDEN of Day-
ton, Idaho, was assigned to labour in
the Manchester District.
Elder JAMES H. GILBERT of Ban-
croft, Idaho, was assigned to labour in
the London District.
Elder ROBERT D. PARRY of Salt
Lake City, Utah, was assigned to labour
in the Welsh District.
Elder ERNEST M. W. JONES of Los
Angeles, California, was assigned to
labour in the Welsh District.
Elder MICHAEL BARCLAY of Black-
foot, Idaho, was assigned to labour in
the London District.
The following missionary arrived in
Great Britain from the Swiss-Austrian
Mission on December 16th:
Elder ROYAL R. MESERVY of St.
Anthony, Idaho, was assigned to labour
in the Liverpool District.
APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS
Elder ROYDEN N. RICE was trans-
ferred from the London District to the
Manchester District on December 17th.
Sister MARION ALLEN was trans-
ferred from the Welsh District to the
London Mission Office on December
Sister NANCY TENNEY was trans-
ferred on December 29th from the
Welsh District to the Birmingham
Elder CLARENCE R. CAMPBELL
was transferred from the Birmingham
District to the Welsh District on
Elder VAUGHAN TERRY was trans-
ferred from the Nottingham District
to the Welsh District on December 1st.
Elder WILLIAM C. STONE was re-
leased as a missionary to the British
Mission on December 4th. He has
served in the Bristol, London, Man-
chester, and Welsh Districts. Elder
Stone served as District President in
the Manchester District.
Elder ARTHUR V. NETTLESHIP
and Sister GLADYS NETTLESHIP
were released as missionaries to the
British Mission on December 9th.
They have served in the London and
Hull Districts. Elder Nettleship served
as District President in the Hull District.
Reported by E. John S. Jorte*
A concert was held in the Birming-
ham Branch Chapel on Saturday,
November 29th, in honour of the thirty
members who are leaving for America
in the near future. Sketches were pre-
sented by members of the Birmingham
and Kidderminster Branches and piano
renderings by Joy and Raymond
Horner. The Birmingham Latter-day
Saint Scout Troop made a presentation
to Scoutmaster Arthur Fisher, who is
one of the emigrants. Frederick Webb
gave a few remarks of appreciation for
the fine work done by District President
Charles L. Norton. A very pleasant
surprise was the presence of President
and Sister Selvoy J. Boyer. President
Boyer offered words of advice to those
who were about to leave. There were
110 persons present.
President and Sister Boyer were the
speakers at Birmingham Branch the
following Sunday at Sacrament Meet-
ing, which was attended by 102 persons.
Due to the large number of Saints
in the Birmingham Branch scheduled
to emigrate to America in the near
future, the following reorganisation
was effected: Frederick Webb, E. John
S. Jones and Walter Green were
sustained as First and Second Coun-
sellors and Branch Clerk, respectively,
in the Birmingham Branch Presidency,
and William L. Buchanan, Frederick
Webb, and E. John S. Jones were re-
leased as First and Second Counsellors
and Branch Clerk, respectively; Mary
Joseph, Eugenie St. John Yates and
Olive Millward were sustained as Presi-
dent and First and Second Counsellors,
respectively, in the Y.W.M.I.A., and
Gwendoline Maguire, Mary Joseph,
and Megan Forward were released as
President and First and Second Coun-
sellors, respectively; George A. Dyson
was sustained as Scoutmaster and
Arthur Fisher was released from that
office; Philip Craig and Hannah Jevons
were sustained as Assistants to the
Branch Genealogical Director.
On Saturday, December 6th, Kath-
leen Grundy of the Birmingham
Branch was baptised by George R.
Grundy and confirmed by Elder David
Reported by Frances B. Herman
On Friday, November 21st, members
of the Primary gave a farewell party
to Muriel and Audrey Beams. Both
sisters have always taken a great in-
terest in the children's activities. Many
favourite songs were sung. The even-
ing was concluded with the presenta-
tion of gifts.
On Saturday, November 29th, a
Thanksgiving Dinner was organised by
the Relief Society sisters. This excel-
lent meal of chicken (with appropriate
trimmings) was enjoyed by the thirty
people present. The dinner was fol-
lowed by community singing and a
very amusing quiz. The entire even-
ing proved to be very successful and
Reported by Ralph Jack
The Relief Society bazaar of the
Leeds District held on November 22nd
In the Bradford Chapel recreation hall
Included the display and sale of nearly
a thousand articles. Among the items
sold were blankets and quilts, chil-
dren's and adults' clothing, household
items, tea and dinner sets, serviettes,
scarves and doilies, bath and tea
towels, sewing sets, and refreshments.
The accompanying programme was
conducted by Mary G. Walker, Leeds
District Relief Society Supervisor. The
entire District was represented with
readings, musical numbers, and quizzes.
Nearly 200 persons were in attendance
during the course of the day. The
bazaar was most successful in meeting
the objectives set by the Relief Society.
Gordon F. Kendall was sustained as
President of the Leeds Branch, Novem-
ber 9th, upon the reorganisation of the
branch. Sustained as counsellors were
Samuel Mitchell and Elder Connel M.
Whitehead. Frank Hopwood was sus-
tained as Branch Clerk.
Impetus was given the M.I.A. and
Primary organisations of the District
by the convention conducted December
3rd at the District headquarters. Rep-
resenting the Mission and auxiliary
presidencies were President and Sister
Wallace R. Reid, and Sisters Blanche
Houchen and Edith Mullinger. Over
forty District and branch officers and
teachers attended the convention. In-
struction and aids in carrying out the
two programmes were well received
and are being acted upon throughout
the branches of the District.
A "sociability night" is the Dewsbury
Branch chapel was held on November
26 th to promote social activity and in-
terest in the joint M.I.A. programmes
during the winter season. Entertain-
ment consisted of games, campfire
songs and a musical programme, fol-
lowed by refreshments.
Bradford Branch M.I.A. has com-
pleted its organisation with the Special
Interest classes now being held. This
is in addition to the MMen, Gleaner,
Bee-hive, and Scouting departments
that have been functioning since
Cottage meetings for investigators of
the Church are conducted weekly by
Elders Hal K. Campbell and Oliver J.
Bennett, who are labouring in the Dews-
bury Branch. Interest in the doctrine
and teachings of the Church is high,
and the number regularly attending is
increasing. The number of investiga-
tors who are becoming active in
various branch meetings is accordingly
Fireside meetings of the Dewsbury
Branch are now being held each Sun-
day evening in various homes. Regular
study courses include the Book of
Mormon and special programmes are
The teacher-training programme of
the Mission is being followed in the
Leeds District under the direction of
William C. McCormick.
Children's Christmas parties have
been held throughout the District in
connection with the Relief Societies
and Sunday Schools. For Christmas
the District Headquarters is being
decorated and caroling parties are
planned for Christmas Eve.
Reported by Howard C. Macfarlano
On Sunday, November 16th, a bap-
tismal service was held in the Burnley
Branch Chapel. Four persons were
baptised by Elder John N. Cannon.
They were Florence Beatrice Webster,
Jean Beresford Brodie, Margaret Mary
Nutter and Enid Margaret Corless.
They were confirmed members of the
Church by Elder Clifton R. McBride,
District President Roy Wood. Elder
Blair MaxfieW, and Elder Lysle G.
Munns, respectively. All four are from
the Preston Branch.
A similar service took place on Mon-
day, November 24th, in Liverpool, at
the Dovecot Baths. The following
persons were baptised by Elder Howard
C. Macfarlane: Gerald Devereaux,
Brian Middleton, John James, Stanley
Challis and Raymond Hill. They were
confirmed by Elders Weston N.
Christensen, Charles A. Edwards, Lysle
G. Munns, C. Norman Gardner and
Clifton R. McBiide.
On Saturday, December 6th, Wigan
Branch Relief Society conducted a very
successful sale of works. This ter-
minated several months' preparation on
the part of the sisters of that branch,
The results were most satisfactory.
The monthly District Union Meeting
was held in the Preston Meeting Hall.
Seventy people were present at this
fine gathering and a beautiful spirit
was felt by all present. Included in
the programme of these meetings is a
social and a teacher training class.
A special meeting was called for
workers in the Primary and M.I.A. of
the Liverpool District. Present from
the London Office was President and
Sister Wallace R. Reid, and Sister
Blanche Houchen. Much useful in-
struction was received for the better-
ment of these auxiliaries.
Prom all indications, the holiday
season will be full of activities on all
sides. We of the Liverpool District
extend a joyous Season's Greeting to
friends and Saints in Britain and the
Reported by Ruth Millard
On November 25th, an M.I.A. social
and bazaar was held in aid of the
funds for the Branch Sunday School
and Primary Christmas party of the
Gravesend Branch. The sum of £5
was raised from the sale of toys and
refreshments which were made and
prepared by members and friends of
the Branch. The M.I.A. is especially
grateful for the help of Mr. A. Wells.
The Gravesend M.I.A. members
visited the Methodist Chapel on No-
vember 28th to compete in indoor
games. Although the results of the
games were not in their favour, several
Gospel conversations were held and
an enjoyable evening was had.
The St. Albans Relief Society held. a
special women's meeting at the Central
Hall on November 20th. Sisters Leona
B. Sonne and Gladys S. Boyer, Presi-
dents of the European and British Mis-
sion Relief Societies, respectively, and
the members of the British Mission
Relief Society Board were all present.
The meeting was conducted by Con-
stance L. Chipping, St. Albans Branch
Relief Society President. Total attend-
ance was twenty-seven, including ten
visitors who were extremely interested
in the work.
St. Albans Branch has now organised
a "teacher-training" class. Teachers in
the Luton and North London Branches
are invited to attend. The first meet-
ing will be held at 7.30 p.m. on January
5th, and on every other Monday there-
after. Elder Robert E. Riggs will con-
duct the lesson period.
A Relief Society bazaar was held on
November 29th at the South London
Branch. Sister Blanche Houchen gave
a short address and announced the
opening of the bazaar. Maude Hawkes,
of the Relief Society Board, presented
Albert Willmott with a book as a token
of gratitude for the work he has done
in the Branch. Flowers were presented
to Sisters Houchen, Maud Hawkes, and
Gladys A. Millard by Ann Mead. The
articles on sale were made by Relief
Society sisters and members of the
priesthood. More than 100 people
A Boy Scout
Troop is being
formed in the
lard as scout-
officially be known as the 13th Balham
and Tooting Troop. Many activities
are being planned for the year.
Baptismal services were held on No-
vember 29th at the South London
Branch chapel. The following persons
were baptised by Elder William R.
Waite: Mary Cunningham, who was
confirmed by Elder Archie J. Haskins,
Stanley G. Milton, confirmed by James
R. Cunningham, Lillian B. Golding,
confirmed by Fred Beckingham, and
Paul G. Dyer, confirmed by Branch
President Frank Smith. Victor D.
Palmer was baptised by Victor L.
Palmer. Gravcsend Branch President,
and confirmed by Elder William R.
Frederick ^George Neal was set apart
as Catford Branch President on No-
vember 23rd, replacing David W. Will-
mot, who recently emigrated to Canada.
Reported by Norman T. Woodhead
At Denton on November 29th, the
first District Union Meeting to be held
in the area of Manchester for over six
years was convened at the new District
On November 1st, a Halloween party
was sponsored by the M.I.A. in the
Oldham Chapel. Fancy dress was worn
by those in attendance. Dorothy Bow-
yer and Mr. Robinson won the prizes.
On Sunday, November 16th, Sunday
School and Sacrament Meetings were
held in the new hall obtained by the
Hyde Branch. District President
Bruerton presided over the Sacrament
Services and Branch President Albert
Woodruff conducted. Both services
were well attended.
On November 26th, the Stockport
Branch held the first M.I.A. meeting of
the season. It was under the direction
of Elders Charles E. Scott and Frank
P. Reese, who had a carefully planned
programme arranged which was en-
joyed by all in attendance. Twenty-
people attended, ten of whom were
investigators. A fine spirit prevails in
Stockport and a successful season of
M.I.A. activity is anticipated. Elder
Reese has a Primary of eleven young
boys organised, and a series of social
events are being planned for the future.
After only a few months of missionary
activities, results are most favourable.
On November 22nd, a box supper was
held in Rochdale under the direction
of the M.I.A. Herbert Woodhead acted
as M.C. and organised the programme.
On Dec< mber 6lh. a Christmas Fair
(Sale of Work) was held by the Relief
Society, assisted by all the auxiliaries
of the Branch. Many beautiful pres-
ents were on sale. The Relief Society's
and Gleaner Girls' stalls contained
articles they had made and acquired
during the past twelve months.
The Sunday School's and M Men's
stall contained household utensils of a
wide variety. The Branch Presidency
organised a flower stall. A cafe was
run by the Relief Society and James T.
Barwick had a hot dog stall. The
proceeds are for the Welfare Project.
Reported by Joyce H. TiRen
The Newcastle District M.I.A. Con-
vention was held in West Hartlepool
Chapel on December 1st. Twenty-
seven Mutual officers and thirteen
Primary Mothers enjoyed the meet-
ings and gained much counsel and
advice from President and Sister
Wallace R. Reid and Sister Edith
On December 10th, West Hartlepool
held a "beetle drive," which proved
such a success that it was repeated the
following evening for the older people.
On October 4th, Eric Wayne Richard-
son and Thomas Weatherhead of
Middlesborough were baptised by Elder
Dean U. Ottley. Eric W. Richardson
was confirmed by Elder Guy L. Merk-
ley, and Thomas Weatherhead by Elder
Ottley. Middlesborough, which was re-
opened last August, has developed into
a fast growing branch, and with lots of
young people, M.I.A. is functioning in
fine style under the capable leadership
of Derek Harland.
On November 8th, preceding the
Branch Conference, a concert was pre-
sented by the Saints and friends of the
Sunderland Branch. Compere of this
enjoyable evening was Branch Presi-
dent Frederick W. Oates.
Sunderland Branch Conference was
held Sunday, November 9th. William
Wright conducted the afternoon ses-
sion, and Gladys Quayle the children's
programme. Speakers in the afternoon
session included Hazel Oates, Marjorie
Cuthbertson and W. W. France. The
evening session was conducted by
Branch President Oates. Elder George
Sonntag and District President
Kenneth M. Oswald were the principal
speakers. A solo was sung by Hazel
Oates, and the Branch Choir rendered
A baptismal service was held in the
Sunderland Branch Chapel on Novem-
ber 29th. Those who were baptised
were Alma Thompson and Mary
Ingram Anderson, both baptised by
Ralph Blakeburn. Alma Thompson
was confirmed by Elder Clarence L.
Olsen and Mary Ingram Anderson was
confirmed by President Oates.
Reported by Alfred F. Woodhoute
A social in the Lowestoft Chapel
schoolroom was sponsored by the Sun-
day School and the M.I.A. of the
Lowestoft Branch on November 29th.
The sixty members and friends in at-
tendance all enjoyed a pleasant even-
ing. Funds were raised on behalf of
the Sunday School Christmas party.
On this occasion, the members of the
Cornish family, active in the Branch
for many years, and who have just re-
cently left for America, were presented
with gifts from the Lowestoft members.
Elder Thomas Harper was M.C. for the
The Norwich Branch Relief Society
held a bazaar and Christmas sale in
the Branch schoolroom on November
29th. Good support was given the
affair. The proceeds, amounting to
over £20, went towards the Branch
welfare fund. President Ann Booker
and her counsellors devoted much time
and labour towards the organising of
Reported by G. Ooreen Green
At the Union Meeting on November
29th, George W. Winfield and George
Bradley were sustained as District
Advisors of the Sunday School and
M.I.A. , respectively.
The Gleaners of the Nottingham
District held their Election Comradery
on November 22nd. An inspiring
tableau was presented and District
Gleaner officers were chosen. The
programme was under the direction of
Joyce Bowler, the District Gleaner
At 2 p.m. on November 27th, Presi-
dent and Sister Wallace R. Reid and
President K. G. McKay and the mis-
sionaries of the District, sat down to
their Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone
contributed to the meal from parcels
from home. All enjoyed this little bit
of America in good old England.
A box supper was sponsored by the
Derby Branch M.I.A. on November
26th. All present had a very delightful
Under the direction of the Derby
M.I.A., the Sunday evening firesides
have commenced and are meeting with
great enthusiasm and .success.
A bazaar, under the direction of the
Derby Primary, was held on November
22nd. Sister Agnes Fraser opened the
affair. After the sale, which raised
£5:10:0, the children entertained over
one hundred people with songs, tap
dances, acrobatics, and a tableau.
Sixty-four people attended a success-
ful social sponsored by the Eastwood
Branch Sunday School on November
20th. Monologues, dances, an amus-
ing skit, items from the Derby Saints,
and games, made a very pleasing
The Primary of Eastwood held a
"sausage and mash" supper on Novem-
ber 26th. Forty people enjoyed the
meal. Games completed a most enjoy-
In the Leicester Branch, regular
priesthood meetings are being held and
a Genealogical Committee has been
formed, with Ada L. Lenton as chair-
On November 11th, Elder Don C.
Wood presented two films to about
forty members and friends of the
A baptismal service was held In Not-
tingham under the direction of District
President McKay on November 15th.
Mrs. Florcna Miller was baptised by
President McKay and confirmed the
following day by Elder Vaughn L.
A supper was held at the home of
Minnie Wilson, Mansfield, recently.
The hot four course dinner was enjoyed
by all. The proceeds are being used for
the children's Christmas prizes.
Reported by Reed M. Izatt
Scotland has been the scene of much
activity during the past month on the
part of local members and travelling
The Elders labouring in Edinburgh,
Elder L. Glade Greenhalgh and Elder
George K. Hardy, have been successful
in presenting film lectures to universi-
ties, clubs and other groups. They have
been well received by the education
circles of Edinburgh. The films de-
picting the story of Mormonism have
been presented to the John Knox Youth
Club, the Student Representative
Council, the Cosmopolitan Club at the
University of Edinburgh, the Kirk
O'Field College, and the Scottish Edu-
cational Film Societies. Following the
film lecture to the Cosmopolitan Club,
an invitation was extended to the Elders
to lunch with the club at a leading
restaurant. This club represents
peoples and religions from every corner
of the world — from China to Norway,
and Australia to Tanganyika. On
November 14th, the Elders attended a
reception at the home of Mr. Day, the
American Consulate, and made many
fine acquaintances. On Thanksgiving
Day they renewed friendships with
about 150 Americans whom Mr. Day
brought together for Thanksgiving
Dinner at the Caledonia Hotel. Many
Americans are in Edinburgh attending
New College, a ministerial school.
A farewell party was held for Kath-
erine Horner on November 26th at
Ruskin House, Edinburgh. It was under
the direction of President William
Stout. Refreshments were served by
the Relief Society. A programme was
presented, after which Elder Reed M.
Izatt showed slides he has taken in
Scotland. Novel games were played
and a good time was had by all. Hilda
Woodford is taking the place of
Katherine Horner in the Genealogical
Neighbourhood Primaries in the
Scottish District are increasing their
activities and their rolls. Catherine
MacDonald is now assisting Marjorie
Foote in one of the Glasgow Primaries.
m a r y,
p r esided
ders, now has twenty-one non-member
A Boy Scout troop has been started
in Aberdeen and is under the capable
leadership of Graham Comrie as
Scoutmaster. The boys and parents
evidence much enthusiasm, and the
outlook for this troop is a very promis-
Coloured film lectures on Mormon-
ism have been presented at various or-
ganisations in Aberdeen, and more
recently at the University of Aberdeen,
where Elders R. Eyre Turner and
Arthur B. Chase presented the story
and programme of the Church to a
group of very interested students.
On November 25th and 27th. the
M.I.A. and Relief Society of the Glas-
gow Branch enjoyed a lantern lecture
in the Christian Institute, Glasgow, by
Elders Reed M. Izatt, Verl J. Iverson,
Paul C. Fletcher, and District Presi-
dent William Harper Stoneman, depict-
ing scenes of Scotland and a film on
the State of Utah, entitled, "In the
Tops of the Mountains."
On November 15th, Raymond Rams-
den was baptised by Elder George K.
Hardy at the North Woodside Baths,
Glasgow. He v^as confirmed by Elder
An executive meeting of officers and
teachers of the Scottish District was
held on November 29th in the Christian
Institute, Glasgow. There were thirty-
three in attendance, representing all
branches of the District. Instructions
in the various departments were given
by President Wallace R. Reid of the
Mission Presidency and by Sister Nora
Reid and Sister Edith Mullinger.
The first services held in Dundee,
Scotland, for many years, took place
on November 30th. Elder Junior E.
Call is serving as Branch President of
the new branch and Elder Paul H.
Maeser is serving as Branch Clerk.
Reported by Arvilla Smith
The Sheffield Branch M.I.A. officers
sponsored a Halloween party in the
Latter-day Saint recreation hall on
November 15th. A good time was en-
joyed by all members and friends.
Refreshments were served and games
were played. Musical items were ren-
dered under the direction of Olive
Sheffield Branch M.I.A. officers held
a Thursday evening dance in place of
the usual meeting on November 20th.
A good time was enjoyed by all. Music
for the dancing was supplied by friends
and members of the Church.
A baptism service was held in the
Sheffield Branch chapel on December
5th, under the direction of Branch
President George A. Stubbs. Maurine
Charlotte Hartley, Dorothy Bailey and
David Edward Mann were baptised by
Elder Clay S. Tanner and confirmed
by George H. Bailey, Jnr., District
President David W. Egbert and Joseph
Under the direction of the Sheffield
Branch Sunday School Superinten-
dency, seventy-six members and friends
attended a Sunday evening service held
in the Latter-day Saint Chapel. A fine
programme of speech and music was
enjoyed by all. The theme was, "Create
in me a clean heart."
Reported by Gladys Mason
Fireside chats are being held regular-
ly with good attendances at Merthyr
Tydfil Branch, under the direction of
Maureen Davies, Ralph Pulman, and
A bazaar and social was held at
Varteg Branch on December 2nd. Its
purpose was two-fold: to say "good-
bye" to Mr. and Mrs. Hayden Forward
and family and to Mr. and Mrs. Chris-
topher Roberts, who are leaving for
Canada, and also to raise funds from
the sale of Relief Society work. The
bazaar and social was well attended by
Branch members and investigators.
The entire evening was a great success.
A Primary class was organised at the
Cardiff Branch with Ilene Barret as
Primary Mother. The first meeting
was held on December 4th. with nine
McGILL. — Lloyd Robert Thomas
McGill, infant son of Duncan and
Hazel McGill of the Lowestoft Branch,
born on September 21st, was blessed on
November 2nd by S. W. Coleby.
BATTLE.— The infant daughter of
Harry and Doreen Battle of Middles-
borough Branch was blessed on Decem-
ber 7th by Elder Dean U. Ottley and
given the name of Doreen.
SCARGILL. — Ian Scargill, infant
son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Scargill of
the Barnsley Branch, was named and
blessed by Elder J. Blythe Moyes on
LEECE. — Sandra Patricia Leece and
Joseph Leece, infant children of Joseph
Leece and Louis McKensie Leece of
Dundee, Scotland, were blessed by Elder
L. Glade Greenhalgh on September
PARKER. — Brian Parker, son of
Herbert and Mabel Parker of the
Lowestoft Branch, born June 12th,
1945, was blessed on November 2nd by
President L. H. Coleby.
WORBY,— Albert Worby, a member
of the Luton Branch, died on Novem-
ber 17th. His grave was dedicated by
Elder Robert E. Riggs at Luton Ceme-
tery on November 20th.
CONNELLY. — Agnes Connelly, age
87, a member of the South London
Branch, died on December 10th.
Funeral services were conducted by
Branch President Frank Smith on
December 15th. Short remarks were
delivered by Elder William R. Waite.
The grave was dedicated by Elder
George T. Choules.
FORWARD. — Hayden and Hilda
Forward and their family, all of the
Varteg Branch, left the shores of
England on December 10th enroute to
Canada, where they will reside. Mr.
Forward was formerly the branch
president at Varteg.
ROBERTS. — Mr. and Mrs. Christo-
pher Roberts, also of the Varteg Branch,
left England en December 10th enroute
to Canada, where they, too, will reside.
WILLMOTT— David W. and Cecelia
Willmott and their children, Ann,
Francis, David and Colin, of the Cat-
ford Branch, emigrated to Cardston,
Alberta, Canada, by air, on November
BOWEN : BEAMS. — On November
26th, Mrs. E. E. Bowen, with her son,
Wesley, and daughters, Muriel and
Audrey Beams, left Bristol enroute for
Salt Lake City. All members of the
family have been very active in the
BUCKLEY.— Joan Buckley of Roch
dale sailed on the "Queen Mary" on
November 21st to join her sister in
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
WILLMOTT. — Alfred J. Willmott,
Jnr., of the North London Branch left
England for Canada on November 15th.
He was formerly the North London
WILLMOTT. — Joseph F. Willmott
left England for Canada on November
14th. He had served as First Counsel-
lor in the North London Branch Presi-
TAYLOR. — Harry Taylor of the
North London Branch left for Canada
on November 14th. He has served as
an instructor in the Branch Sunday
WRIGHT. — Scott Wright left Eng-
land for Canada on November 15th.
He was formerly the Sunday School
Superintendent of the North London
BIRKHEAD.— Mr. and Mrs. Fred K.
Birkhead and family left for Ogden,
Utah, U.S.A., aboard the "Marine
Jumper" on November 16th. The
Birkheads have long been active mem-
bers of the Barnsley and Sheffield
SCARGILL. — Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Scargill and family of the Barnsley
Branch, sailed for Canada on Novem-
ber 27th. The Scargills will make their
home in Alberta, Canada.
FISHER. — Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Fisher and family of the Birmingham
Branch left for Vernal, Utah, U.S.A.,
on December 9th.
MAUD.— Mr. and Mrs. Maud of the
Bradford Branch left England for Salt
Lake City on December 10th.
BARON. — Graham and Marion Baron
of the Hyde Branch left England for
Seattle, Washington, on December 16th.
MCALLISTER - MARTIN. — Isabella
McAllister of Blackridge, West Lothian,
Scotland, and John Martin of the Air-
drie Branch, were married on Novem-
ber 21st by District President William
MacDONALD-TACEY.— Marion Mac-
Donald of the Glasgow Branch was
married to Martin Tacey on September
16th, in Glasgow.
THE RESTORATION OF THE
GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
— continued from page 7
Jesus is the Christ, the Saviour of
God is the Father of the spirits of
The intelligence of man was not
created, but was clothed with a spirits
ual body. The brotherhood of man is
a real brotherhood.
Man is eternal. He lived before this
life. He will live after this life.
In the pre-mortal life, our spirits
developed in varying degrees according
to our obedience.
Life has a great purpose: the pro-
gress and happiness of man.
A plan was proposed by Jesus, our
Elder Brother, for the attainment of
the purpose of man's existence. We
had in the spirit world, as now, our
free agency, and we accepted the plan.
The world was organised out of pre-
existing element as the home of man,
for the realisation of the purpose of
Jesus offered to be the captain of
the plan, asking no reward nor glory,
though He should suffer death in the
performance of His mission.
The disobedience of our first parents
and resulting death were foreseen. To
redeem the world from sin and death,
Jesus was to be born on earth. As
death would come through Adam, so
would resurrection come through Jesus
Christ. In the one we have no blame;
in the other we have no merit. We
shall all die and we shall all be
The resurrection is a personal resur-
rection of the body.
After the resurrection, we shall be
judged by our works according to the
Did we desire the truth and did we
seek the truth. Did we love light
rather than darkness?
Did we conform our lives to the truth
Did we accept Jesus as our leader
and our Saviour?
Did we make a covenant with Him
by baptism, administered by His auth-
orised servants, that we would live
righteously and serve under His leader-
ship and the leadership of His servants
to make a better and a happier world?
Did we so honour the covenant that
we obtained the testimony and the gift
of the Holy Ghost to guide us in our
efforts to gain further truth and to live
in harmony with it?
This is the way to salvation.
Universal Salvation. — The gospel was
given to the first man and lost by dis-
obedience; given again and lost again
more than once. Not all men will have
the opportunity to hear the gospel in
this life. But the plan provides that
all will have this opportunity, either in
this life or in the life to come; all will
have the opportunity to accept or reject
the Messiah and His leadership.
In baptism a covenant is made to do
the will of the Saviour, and His death
and resurrection are recognised. How-
ever, baptism is an ordinance of this
world. How then can the repentant
dead make this sacred covenant and
thus receive remission of their sins
and be enlisted under the leadership
of the Saviour? The baptism may be
performed by the living for the dead.
This vicarious baptism does not save
the dead. No ordinance saves either
the living or the dead. As it is for
the living, the validity of baptism for
the dead is dependent on belief and
Little children who die before they
reach the age of reason are innocent
in the eyes of God and need no bap-
tism to come forth in the first resur-
rection. They inherit no sin or trans-
gression because of the sin of Adam;
nor can they contract obligations (by
being baptised as infants) of which
they cannot have the slightest knowl-
We begin the next life where we
finish this life — with the same charac-
ter and the same knowledge.
Eternal Progression. — Throughout
eternity, man — an indivual — will have
opportunity to gain in knowledge and
intelligence. He will have opportunity
for ever increasing progress and joy.
But progress and resulting happiness
can only come in the measure that we
are willing and prepared to make use
of the opportunities the Lord provides.
Punishment. — Man will be punished
for his own sins and not for Adam's
trangression. "Eternal punishment" is
God's punishment, since He is eternal,
and therefore it will be just, and for
any individual, not everlasting. There
can perhaps be no greater punishment
than the regret for opportunities
neglected or blessings forfeited.
Revelation Has Not Ceased. — When
the holy priesthood is' on the earth the
Lord will direct His Church and,
through His prophets, reveal new truth
as it is needed.
Man is that he might have joy.
Family relationships may be eternal.
— As the family is the unit of society
here, so will it be in the kingdom of
our Father. Husbands and wives,
parents and children will all be united
in the resurrection if they have been
united for time and eternity here in
mortality by one of His servants who
holds the "sealing powers'" of the
CHRIST'S SECOND COMING—
Jesus will come the second time to
earth. This time He will come in power
and glory to reign on the earth a
thousand years. At His coming the
just will be resurrected. During the
millennial reign all unfinished work
pertaining to this world will be com-
pleted and all injustices will be righted.
At the end of the millennium will come
the general resurrection and final
judgment. All will receive the bless-
ings and the opportunities he is will-
ing and prepared to accept.
Is not the Gospel thus restored a
message of hope and joy? It gives
continuity, purpose and beauty to life.
It gives a sense of relative values,
courage and hope. It unites mankind
under divine leadership as brothers.
Does not the importance of the
Gospel justify its restoration by
WE THANK THEE
By Miriam Millard
South London Branch
We thank Thee, Lord, for everything,
The summer, the autumn, the winter, the spring;
For food and clothes, parents and home
From whom we wish never to roam;
For the humming little bees;
For the flowers and the trees.
We thank Thee, Lord, for all these things
And bring our hearts as offerings.
THE CHURCH AND THE PRESS
— continued from page 16
And on July 24th, 1847, the Pioneers,
Brigham Young at their head, came to
the place the Lord revealed to him.
There was a river there issuing from
a lake, heavily salted like the Dead
They could not but call it the River
That very day they began to plough
the ground and sow their seed. Next
morning they diverted a creek for
Painfully, laboriously but infallibly,
the rest came up with their 700 covered
wagons in the autumn; 1,000 more the
And so they founded Salt Lake City.
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• • •
MORMONS' INTEREST IN SCOTS
ANCESTRY— An unusual angle on the
far-flung ties which link Scotland and"
Scots abroad was revealed by Mr.
Thomas Johnston, chairman of the
Scottish Tourist Board, in a speech at
a conference which concluded yester-
day at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio,
"I was interested to find," he told
his American audience, "that the Mor-
mon community in Utah maintained a
special investigator of our old records
digging out pedigrees of families whose
ancestors had migrated to the United
States and joined the Mormon com-
The special investigator referred to
by Mr. Johnston is Miss Catherine
Horner, 40-year-old member of Christ's
Church of the Latter-day Saints —
commonly called the Mormon Church.
This week I askedj her about her full-
time job searching records for the
Utah community at New Register
SCOTS IN UTAH — "A great num-
ber of Scots have joined our Church,'
she told me. "In the past 100 years
85,000 people have gone out to Utah
from Great Britain, and while I am
not certain of the actual number of
Scots who have done so, I believe that,
in proportion to population, there are
more Scots than English."
Miss Horner answers "hundreds of
enquiries each week" from Scots abroad
seeking to trace their ancestry so that
they can carry out one of the ordin-
ances of the Mormon Church — the
baptism of the dead.
She estimates that she has a 50
percent success with the total number
of enquiries she receives. Many can
be traced as far back as 1700, but be-
fore that date few accurate records are
A KING'S SON — What she des-
cribes as her most notable inquiry was
carried out for a woman member of the
Church, whose ancestry she traced
back to the first Earl of Orkney, a
natural son of King James IV of Scot-
land. In another case it was possible
to trace back to the year 1592, but such
success is unusual.
Miss Horner took up her research
work at the request of a leading mem-
ber of her Church. After a two years
period of training, she spent some time
on similar work in England, and has
now worked in Edinburgh for the past
seven and a half years.
The popular misconception that all
Mormons believe in and practise polyg-
amy was refuted by Miss Horner. Only
2 perecnt of the Church's membership
ever practised it, she says, and since
1890 it has been discontinued.
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Gorton Reporter (Ashton-under-Lync)
AMERICAN ELDERS VISIT
Members of the Church of the Latter-
day Saints, from Salt Lake City, Utah,
Elders Davies and Lambert, who are
visiting this country, were guests at the
Young People's League, Brookfleld,
Gorton, on Sunday evening, and their
talk was illustrated with views and
While Dr. Levies spoke on the work
of his Church, Mr. Lambert operated
the lantern equipment, showing the
development and history of the
movement from Vermont, through New
York, Missouri, Illinois, and eventually
to the arid desert of Utah, where the
members eventually built Salt Lake
City. Many questions were asked, and
Mr. Davies also mentioned the customs
that are observed.
Mr. Alan Pearson presided, and a
vote of thanks he proposed was
seconded by the Rev. Fred Cottier,
minister. The visit was in connection
with the series of subjects being pre-
sented weekly, entitled "I Believe."
LONDON ASSOCIATION VISITS
—continued from page 8
Church. This was followed by the
showing of two slide lectures, presented
by Elders George P. Marchant and
William R. Waite. After two numbers
from a missionary quartette consisting
of Elders Robert E. Riggs, Frank M.
Carlisle, James L. Mortensen, and
William R. Callister, President Clayton
and Elder Riggs explained briefly the
doctrines and beliefs of the Church,
and answered the many questions that
followed. Light refreshments were
The spokesman of the London Ap-
preciation Society, Henry T. Phippard,
expressed thanks to the missionaries
for a most interesting afternoon.
Hands were shaken, farewells bidden,
and literature distributed, thus ending
a most unusual afternoon in Gospel
ON SHARING THE GOSPEL
—continued from page J
And answer ourselves with absolute
honesty. ... I am sure you appreciate
perfectly well exactly what I mean.
If we can face the answer, as one
inevitable day we shall have to face it
— make no mistake, there is NO escape
from that answer — we MUST do our
best to put ourselves right with our-
selves. That too is sjmple arithmetic.
If we do that we shall have auto-
matically begun the binding together
of the greatest spiritually radio-active
force in the universe — the true Gospel.
WE MUST DO THAT ! !
It would be this Gospel translated
into terms of action. It would be the
beginning of the fulfilment of the will
of our Heavenly Father, the duty laid
on mankind by the Son of God himself
in clear and unmistakable directives.
Since that great dispensation man-
kind drifted astray — the state of the
world proves that beyond doubt. But
in His Mercy He came again, and to-
day we have the restoration of the
Gospel dispensation — complete to the
• We have been given our first centen-
nial to consolidate it — is the century
ahead our great chance to save the
world according to His will?
It is our duty to do our share . . .
WE MUST NOT FADL. WE
DARE NOT FAIL.
"SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES"
—continued from page 6
"were writing them, a thousand, two
thousand, or five thousands years ago.
Do you read them as though you stood
in the place of the men who wrote
them?" he asked. The Bible is the
most complete exposition of God's
solicitude for man's eternal destiny.
"Search the scriptures;" said Jesus,
"for in them ye think ye have eternal
life: and they are they which testify of
me." (St. John 5:39)
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